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Study to Preserve Historic Outdoor Theaters Funded By National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Berkeley – August 31, 2019--The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has funded a study on the methods and techniques that can be used to preserve the distinctive character of historic American outdoor theaters. The $29, 993 grant was awarded to The Regents of the University of California, through UC Berkeley’s Sponsored Research Office and the Center for Environmental Design Research. Professor Emerita of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Linda Jewell will be the Principle Investigator of the project team that will include Landscape Architect Steve Cancian, photographer Anton Grassl and UC Berkeley graduate students.
The project, “Preserving Historic Outdoor Theaters’ Connection with Their Landscapes” will identify best practices for preserving the connection between a historical outdoor theater and its surrounding landscape when the facility is updated to comply with building and accessibility codes and/or improve seating, technical equipment and auxiliary structures. Professor Jewell explains, “Agencies, campuses and communities want to renovate historic outdoor theaters, but these modifications can easily compromise the unique character of these special landscapes. We hope to provide case studies, practical tools and an illustrated collection of do’s and don’ts, so future projects can update theaters without compromising their historic character.”
The study intends to document and evaluate previous historic outdoor theater updates across the country, from the Santa Cruz Quarry Theater in California and the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver to the Lost Colony’s Waterside Theater in Manteo, NC. The final report will be completed in the fall of 2020.